Cloth Seal, German, Augsburg

Cloth Seal, Augsburg, Image & Found by Adam & Lisa
Found in Derbyshire. The discs are c. 20mm diameter, 10.3g.

Two disc German cloth seal showing a stylised pine cone with three pellets to each side, all in a knotted circle border. The other side has the letter A in a border of short rays.

See Nos.308 - 310 Fig.41, Geoff Egan, 'Lead cloth seals and related items in the B.M. (B.M. Occasional Paper 93)' "Seals from the fustians (mixed linen-warp and cotton-weft fabrics) of Augsburg, known to contemporaries in this country as 'Ousbrow or Augusta fustians', are among the most common and widespread of all the recorded imports in England, constituting almost one third of the Continental seals found here. They have been found in over a dozen counties ... and they are also known in large numbers abroad.... The pine-cone on the stamps is the heraldic badge of the city and the letter A is its initial. A large number of different stamps are known, most with the same basic devices on ... Sixteenth-/early seventeenth-century dating seems appropriate for these."

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